The black month has begun, and instead of ineffectively trying to keep a tight lid on the discounts to come, the smartest consumer electronics retailers gradually give away their November-end “surprises”, preferring to secure buzz and early headlines, possibly also curtailing traditional crowds and eliminating customer dissatisfaction.
You can no longer say you’ve stayed in line for hours, or awake all night following Thanksgiving Day only to end up empty-handed as Best Buy’s Black Friday 2015 promotion bash disappointed. There are almost four dozen Android-powered or Android-compatible items on the marked-down list this year, including a heap of newbies and established blockbusters, with more to come on the 26th and 27th as the first doorbusters go through their allotted stocks.
Before sinking our teeth deep into each and every smartphone, tablet, wearable device and mobile accessory soon to go on sale for special prices, a few quick “logistical” notes.
Number one: according to BB’s official BF flyer, stores will open at 5 PM on Thursday, November 26, i.e. Turkey Day, closing at 1 AM, then re-opening at 8. Number two: you’ll be able to order all the below, depending on inventory, online all day on actual Black Friday, presumably starting at midnight.
Number three, and most importantly, there are already a few pre-holiday deals in effect. The Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with free $250 gift cards as long as you commit to a lease or monthly installment plan, the Nabi DreamTab 8 kids’ slate costs $100 after a $30 trim, the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is $150, and the Tab 4 10.1 $250. Not too shabby, you say? Wait until you see what lies ahead:
Black Friday 2015 – Best Buy Android smartphone promos
$250 gift card with Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, or S6 Edge+ activations
That’s more like it, including the two dual-curved handhelds people actually want in this complimentary coupon code scheme. Just remember you need to settle to Verizon, AT&T or Sprint off the bat.
Motorola Moto G second-gen unlocked – $100 ($50 off MSRP)
Moto E 4G for Verizon prepaid – $9.99
Hold the phone! Is this offer for real? Most definitely, but it still feels unbelievable to get an LTE-capable Android device with Lollipop pre-installed, Marshmallow on the way, a quad-core SD400 processor under the hood, and 1GB RAM for the price of a fast food meal. No lengthy pacts required.
$200 off 32GB Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with Verizon or Sprint contracts
Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE – $40
Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 – $230 no-contract
Virgin Mobile LG Tribute 2 – $19.99
T-Mobile prepaid LG Leon – $60
Uncertain which of the above lower-profile off-contract phones is the greatest bargain? Let’s just say the Galaxy Prevail currently goes for $80 on Amazon, the Tribute 2 sets you back $80 for Sprint use, and the Leon costs $70 at T-Mo. The GS4? It’s a little old to be taken into consideration, even compared with 2015 low-enders.
Black Friday 2015 – Best Buy tablet deals
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 – $400 ($100 off)
Amazon Fire 7 – $35 ($15 off)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $230 ($70 off)
Galaxy Tab E 9.6 – $200 ($50 off)
Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $120
Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Kids – $99.99
Samsung, Samsung, Samsung again, Samsung a fourth and fifth time, and finally, Amazon. Believe it or not, the world’s cheapest brand-name Android pad will drop even further, to a measly 30 bucks with quad-core power, 1 gig of memory, microSD support, and up to 7-hour battery life.
The only way its e-commerce-specializing manufacturer can compete with Best Buy’s looming offer? If you get the 2015 Fire 7 by the six-pack, where the sixth copy is free, and thus, the per-unit price falls from $50 to $41. Fret not though, as Amazon’s Black Friday deals are yet to be revealed.
Black Friday 2015 – Best Buy savings on smartwatches and fitness bands
Samsung Gear S2 – $250 ($50 off)
$50 gift cards with second-gen Moto 360s
Misfit Flash – $15 (50 percent off)
Fitbit Zip – $40; Charge – $90; Charge HR – $120; Surge – $200
Jawbone Up2 – $50
Garmin Vivosmart – $80
Samsung Gear Fit – $80
Samsung Gear 2 Neo – $130
We honestly don’t know where to start. The Gear S2 has literally just debuted in US stores, and Amazon obviously still charges $299 and up for it. The 2015 Moto 360 is also far from a market veteran, while the much older Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo cost $120 and $200 respectively.
As for more “rudimentary”, sports and health-oriented wearables, the ultra-low-cost Misfit Flash is practically impossible to turn down, whereas niche champion Fitbit offers something for everybody, regardless of your budget and sensor requirements. The Charge HR is Amazon’s number one best seller in activity trackers at $140, the version without a heart rate monitor commands a regular price of $115, and the Surge “superwatch” costs $222 and up.
Black Friday 2015 – Best Buy mobile accessories deals
Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats 2 wireless Bluetooth earbuds – $99.99
30 to 50 percent off all Samsung phone and tablet cases
40 percent off Logitech keyboards for select Samsung tablets
Samsung wireless charger – $30
64 GB Samsung microSDHC Class 10 memory card – $17.99
Sony Extra Bass over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones – $100
UE Boom portable Bluetooth speaker – $100
LG Tone Pro wireless headphones – $30
LG Tone Ultra – $50
Braven portable Bluetooth speaker – $48
Insignia portable Bluetooth stereo speaker – $10
Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 2 Bluetooth wireless speaker system – $150
Mophie Powerstation XL external battery pack charger – $50
We’ll be the first to admit it: not all these “steals” are as great as they seem. For instance, you can already score a respectable Samsung Qi no-cable charging pad for $24 from Best Buy’s competition. The Powerbeats 2 headphones are $130, so the imminent discount feels short of remarkable, while the cheapest 64 gig Samsung Evo microSD cards cost 20 bucks a pop.
Besides, the Samsung cases and keyboards on offer could be deducted by 50 percent, as advertised, or much less in reality compared to current tags that have nothing to do with MSRPs. Bottom line, if you see something too sweet to refuse in the accessories department at other sellers, maybe it’d be wise to take advantage and not hold off for Best Buy.
That’s clearly not the case for phones, tablets (particularly the Fire 7), smartwatches and smart bands, where even the most skilled bargain hunters will probably surrender and wait for the magic November 26 – 27 window.
Source: Best Buy